Yankees: James Paxton and Giancarlo Stanton look playoff ready
By Colin Wood
Yankees James Paxton dominates Blue Jays lineup for six innings, allowing just one unearned run as Giancarlo Stanton looks prepared to supply playoff power.
Yankees James Paxton dominated Toronto hitters for six innings of one-run pitching. With his 10th win in a row, Paxton ties the likes of Russ Ford, Ron Guidry, Jack Chesbro, Ron Guidry and Lefty Gomez as the only pitchers with such a streak. Per the AP:
"“It’s been awesome,” Paxton said. “I feel like I’ve been throwing the ball really well, being aggressive in the strike zone. The team has been playing great on the days that I start. I’ve had some good stretches in the past, but this is probably the longest stretch that I’ve had in my career so far.”"
In Paxton’s 15th win of the season, he fanned seven while allowing just three hits and a walk. He cut his season ERA to 3.73, and 2.25 since the consecutive streak began on August 2.
Aaron Boone expressed great pleasure in Paxton’s abilities the past few months and assured the fans he is in strong consideration to be the first game starter of the playoffs. His teammates grabbed a lead early when Giancarlo Stanton doubled in a run and Mike Ford swiped an RBI single off T.J. Zeuch of the Jays.
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Stanton piled on in the sixth with a solo home run, and Clint Frazier followed with an RBI double before Kyle Higashioka laced a single to drive in two more runs.
Stanton’s smash was a 420-foot drive that soared into the left-field bleachers. It had an exit speed of 111.5 miles, elating Aaron Boone who recognizes Stanton is getting looser at the plate and warming up at just the right time.
Jonathan Loaisiga gave Boone more fodder to include him on the postseason roster with an over-powering five strikeouts over two innings, allowing for just one run. He slung the fastest pitch of the game at 100.2 mph when fooling Richard Urena on a swinging strikeout. It was Loaisiga’s speediest registered pitch of his young career.
Both Marcus Thames and Boone added to the excitement of yesterday’s Yankees win by getting ejected. Forty-two-year umpire Joe West, who was the focus of complaints about his changing strike zones on Friday, tossed Boone all the way from third base, apparently counting on the super-human hearing he picked up, before the game.
The ejection was just what the Yanks needed to rebound from the previous night’s tough one-run loss.